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Captain Darren Sammy was left defending under-performing opener Chris Gayle after the West Indies slid to a 2-3 defeat in the five-match One-Day International series against Bangladesh here.

Gayle, one of the finest limited overs batsmen in the contemporary game, managed just 72 runs from five innings in the series as the Caribbean side’s batting struggled throughout. Sammy contended, however, that the team’s performances did not centre around one player. “I would like to see all my players perform… Obviously Chris is a very experienced player and I know he will come back good anytime,” Sammy told on Saturday night.

Praises Bangladesh

“Credit to the Bangladesh team for the way they bowled at him throughout this series. They had a plan and they stuck to it…” The West Indies entered the series with their batting as their strength but failed to live up to expectations. They were dismissed in the opening ODI in Khulna for 199 to lose by seven wickets and crashed for a paltry 132 in the second game, chasing 293 for victory. Even when they chased a moderate 228 to win the third game, they needed Marlon Samuels’ century in order to triumph after the batting struggled again, and they mustered just 211 off 50 overs in the fourth game before their bowlers defended well.

Saturday, Pollard emerged from poor form to slam a stroke-filled 85 while Bravo, perhaps the most consistent batsman in the series, scored 51. The pair added 132 for the fourth wicket to repair the innings after the Windies had slumped to 17 for three. A spirited Bangladesh led by all-rounder Mohammad Mahmudullah edged out the West Indies in the fifth and final one-day by two wickets, taking the series 3-2. Mahmudullah took 2-38 to help the home team bowl the tourists for 217 in 48 overs and then scored a polished 48 to help Bangladesh chase down the target for the loss of eight wickets with six overs to spare.Agencies


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